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EDDIE JOHNSON, CHICAGO POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: As I look out into the crowd, I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention because that’s who really deserves the amount of attention that we are giving to this particular incident.

This morning, I come to you not only as the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department but also as a black man who has spent his entire life living in the city of Chicago.

I know the racial divide that exists here, I know how hard it has been for our city and our nation to come together. I also know the disparities and I know the history.

This announcement today recognizes that ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. I’m left hanging my head and asking why.

Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?

How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile? How can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city in the face by making these false claims? Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who is in need of support by police and investigators as well as the citizens of this city.

Chicago hosts one of the largest Pride parades in the world, and we’re proud of that as a police department and also as a city. We do not nor do we ever tolerate hate in our city, whether that hate is based on an individual’s sexual orientation, race or anything else. So I’m offended by what has happened and I’m also angry.

I love the city of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department, worts and all, but this publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn and certainly didn’t deserve. To make things worse, accusations within this phony attack received national attention for weeks. Celebrities, news commentators, and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor.

First, Smollett attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic, and political language. When that didn’t work, Smollett paid $3500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago’s reputation through the mud in the process. And why? This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary. So he concocted a story about being attacked.

Now, our city has problems, we know that. We have problems that have affected people from all walks of life. And we know that. But to put the national spotlight on Chicago for something that is both egregious and untrue is simply shameful.

I’m also concerned about what this means moving forward for hate crimes. Now, of course, the Chicago Police Department will continue to investigate all reports of these types of incidents with the same amount of vigor that we did with this one. My concern is that hate crimes will now be met with a level of skepticism that previously didn’t happen.

That said, Smollett was treated as a victim throughout this investigation until we received evidence that led detectives in another direction.

I couldn’t be more proud of the unrelenting detective work that went into this investigation. I couldn’t be more proud of every investigator that played a part in it. The detective work that we saw in this case is indicative of the work that our detectives do every day in this city. This case in particular involved hours of video evidence, which when combined with old fashioned police work, uncovered the truth. These detectives deserve all the credit in the world for carefully analyzing the leads and the evidence for weeks before coming to their conclusion. I’d also like to thank the FBI for their help in this investigation. The FBI’s partnership with CPD has been pivotal in this case.

I only hope that the truth about what happened receives the same about of attention as the hoax did. I’ll continue to pray for this troubled young man, who resorted to both drastic and illegal tactics to gain attention. I’ll also continue to pray for our city, asking that we can move forward from this and begin to heal.
Chicago Police Chief: Jussie Smollett Faked Attack “To Promote His Career” | Video | RealClearPolitics

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  • ghostsniper February 24, 2019, 1:13 PM

    “…gun violence…”

    There is no such thing.
    Made up word combination to trigger little gurl mindsets.

    Remove the negro violent crime from the equation and the US violent crime rate drops to less than Belgium.

  • Monty James February 24, 2019, 6:02 PM

    Never once did that guy say anything about stoking hate against people that didn’t do anything wrong.

  • Casey Klahn February 24, 2019, 8:24 PM

    On topic, I just listened to Spike Lee telling me to vote Democrat, while pimping his movie about the KKKlan. That is some ironic shit right there.

  • Fletcher Christian February 25, 2019, 2:08 AM

    And if just about all the violence committed with guns (and knives) is related to turf wars between gangstas and drug dealers, I would shrug and say “let them have at it”. Except for one thing; the gangstas and drug dealers can’t shoot very well, and have poor facial recognition also, and that means innocent bystanders who have nothing to do with it get involved.

    One is allowed to say “violence committed with guns”, isn’t one? After all, it’s no more than the truth. Of course, if there wasn’t considerably more than one gun for every adult American, or if all those guns were kept in perfect security, then it wouldn’t be a problem either. Given the presence of a large number of desirable items that are of high value and difficult for some people to get, a fair number of those items are going to get stolen. Whatever legal protections there might be around owning them.

    I’m a Brit. “What about knife crime” you might say, and you would be right. However, with knives someone fifty yards away, minding his own business, doesn’t get hurt by stray daggers. Except in Chinese martial arts flicks, maybe.

  • El Polacko February 25, 2019, 6:29 AM

    Obvious truths aside, I’m not sure why people are so excited about this police commissioner’s speech.

    What he has done is guarantee that Smollett’s high rent defense team will claim that statements by Chicago public officials like the Police Commissioner and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel have so completely prejudiced the potential jury pool that it will be impossible for Smollett to receive a fair trial.

    Like it or not, innocent until proven guilty works for everyone, or for no one.

  • ghostsniper February 25, 2019, 10:18 AM

    “One is allowed to say….”

    Right there is where you go off the rails Fletcher, just like you’ve been taught.
    I don’t mean that as an insult, but fact.
    And it’s epidemic these days.
    It makes absolutely NO diff what inanimate object one uses or even the method employed when harming some one. Dead or injured are real things but are habitually pasted over with nonsense like, presenting inanimate objects as if they themselves have some sort of contributory role.

    This transparent and malicious tactic is used to paint a much larger stripe that includes people and things that have nothing to with what actually happened. The next step after that is that those included people are every bit as vile as the criminal that actually committed the crime.

    This is the base of herd mentality that every sane person of moderate intelligence should recognize and resist vehemently.

    Now, this is just my own personal take on this topic and you get to believe what you want.
    If a rotten animal kills my wife I will use whatever tool or method I can to enact vengeance.

  • tim February 25, 2019, 12:25 PM

    “…if there wasn’t considerably more than one gun for every adult American…”

    Yea, we’re not subjects over here, we left that BS behind many years ago. We’ll have as many as we damn well want, it’s called freedom. It’s the ‘Bill of Rights’ not the ‘Bill of Needs’, and you don’t NEED to come here and be a whiny little Limey but here we are…

  • Tom Hyland February 26, 2019, 6:07 AM

    Guns are really hard to come by in Britain and many places is the world. Murderers at these locations often resort to knives to get the job done. Gotta kill and gotta use whatever tool is available. If guns were outlawed in America then knives, baseball bats, cinderblock bricks, a speeding car, an insane dog, or simply the old fashioned Chris Watts technique… strangling or suffocating will be utilized when gotta kill. Then… there’s the slowest death of all… just be your wonderful self and see the results.